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Our stay in Der Westerhof in Tegernsee was one of the highlights of our trip to Munich. Never heard of Tegernsee? Neither had we, until a friend who had lived in Munich for a decade recommended that we spend at least one night in Tegernsee, during our German vacation.
Tegernsee is a cozy little town in Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the shore of Tegernsee lake, at an altitude of over 700 m above sea level.
Tegernsee is just an hour’s drive from Munich, so you could easily do a day-trip but I would highly recommend at least a night’s stay in Der Westerhof, preferably 2.
Der Westerhof – Accommodation
Der Westerhof sits in a beautiful setting amongst hilltop views. You can enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the lake or the mountains from just about any part of the hotel.
The hotel has two buildings – Main Building and Berghaus – both have several types of rooms and suites to choose from. The rooms in the Master Building are newer and have more modern furnishings, whereas those in the Berghaus have more contemporary furnishings.
We stayed in the Family 2-Bedroomed Suite. The suite was comfortable and spacious, more like an apartment really, with 2 bedrooms, a living and dining room, a desk in the master bedroom, and a kitchenette with a good coffee machine. Oh yes, if I book a suite with a kitchenette, I expect a coffee machine! The suite was thoughtfully furnished and equipped with the latest amenities.
Both bedrooms have their own balcony, one with mountain and one with lake views. During the day, the balcony would be a perfect place to enjoy lunch while watching the gorgeous views and at night it was the perfect place to enjoy a couple glasses of wine.
Food at Der Westerhof
We started our morning with a lavish buffet breakfast on the Sun Terrace, while admiring the panoramic views of the lake and the valley (yet again). The breakfast was a lavish spread with quite a few choices for the vegetarians – plenty of bakes (aka selection of rolls, bread and croissants, including wholemeal and gluten-free) with a wide choice of home-made jams, spreads and Tegernsee honey; large selection of cheeses; fresh fruit; muesli and cereals; natural and fruit yogurts; range of drinks including fruit juices, organic herbal teas and freshly brewed and speciality coffees. There are also wide lawns around for the kids to run around so you can enjoy that cappuccino with a view, in peace.
The hotel also offers complimentary Afternoon Cakes & Coffee to all guests daily. The mouth-watering treats, include a variety of cakes and pastries that you can enjoy with coffee or tea. What’s more, if you’re out and about, you can take a refreshment break and enjoy these treats in the Westerhof Café in town, free of charge.
For other meals, Der Westerhof has a Bavarian ‘Brotzeit’ on site, where they serve light meals. Not much choice though, so you would be better off eating in town before you head back to the hotel at the end of the day. We enjoyed a lovely (vegetarian) Indian dinner at Mirch Masala, an Indian restaurant in Tegernsee.
Der Westerhof – Things to do
Der Westerhof has fantastic spa facilities. These include a Bio Sauna, Infrared Sauna and Finnish Sauna, with unparalleled views of the mountains and lake at Tegernsee. They also have a Kneipp Bath, Spa Shower and Outdoor Shower. If you need any more relaxation, there is also a Separate Panoramic Terrace and Sunbathing Area. Or just chill at the Relaxation Room (of course, it comes with a lake view), with a complimentary tea or a refreshing fruit schorle (kind of a spritzer).
If you’re the kind who likes to relax with a book, Hotel Der Westerhof has a small Reading Library, where you can browse their collection of books or even play chess.
The hotel also has a Children’s Playroom for the junior guests. With its wooden train set, memory games, soft toys, children’s books and puzzles, your kids can romp and play to their hearts content.